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The Polish Bride (1998)
"De Poolse bruid" (original title)

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Polish deceived woman hides from pimps on a Dutch farm, and shares an intriguing romance with the farmer.


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Drama on the dawning love between a Polish woman and a farmer from Groningen. Anna is forced to work in a brothel, but manages to escape. She's found, exhausted and scared, by Henk (the farmer) who offers her a place to stay, but her past chases her. Written by Anonymous

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26 March 1998 (Netherlands)  »

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$82,638 (Argentina)

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Script writer Kees van der Hulst requested a note in the credit titles saying that he dissociated himself from the movie, because director Karim Traïdia made some changes to the script. See more »


The main character drives a Volvo 240 sedan. When the go to the city, the car changes into a wagon. See more »

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The credits state that the author of the story distances himself from the editing done by the director of the movie. See more »


Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #12.4 (1999) See more »


Stabat Mater, Op. 53 (for Solo Voices, Mixed Choir and Orchestra)
Composed by Karol Szymanowski
Performed by Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Stanislaw Wislocki
Soprano: Stefania Woytowicz
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A beautiful time capsule
23 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie, but for slightly different reasons than mentioned here. I'm from the Netherlands, and I grew up in a village in the eastern part of Friesland, which is very similar to the countryside of Groningen.

Halfway during the movie I noticed there were tears in my eyes. Oddly enough, it wasn't during an emotional scene between the main characters. It was a shot of the countryside of Groningen. The scenery wasn't extraordinarily beautiful or anything. Yet somehow, it had managed to perfectly capture the feeling the Dutch countryside gives me whenever I'm visiting my parents.

And then I realized it wasn't just the scenery, it also was the slow pace of the movie, the lack of dialogue between the two main characters, or the lack of much happening at all during most of the movie. The solitude of the farmer's life, the gentle moments between the main characters, the two of them being all alone in their own little world.

That one of the characters was a Polish woman on the run from pimps is just a McGuffin, this movie really isn't about that. It's about the feeling of living on the north-eastern Dutch countryside. If cinematography feels a little odd now and then, it's because it's completely focused on capturing the feeling of being on a Dutch farm, the story and it's characters being less important.

People are remembered. Exciting events are remembered. What movie is about remembering the feeling of living at a certain place at a certain time? OK, and what if we're not talking about someone's memories of growing up? Yeah, those kind of movies are rare, aren't they? This movie is one of them, and one of the best.

When people are going to watch this movie in a couple of decades, if they're still capable of investing themselves into a slow paced, technically inferior movie with an unexciting storyline compared to whatever they'll be used to by then, they're going to experience what it's like to live the the sobering, lonely yet somehow also magical and sometimes beautiful life of a Dutch farmer and his Polish bride.

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